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WGR Extends Deals With The Buffalo Bills and Sabres

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Entercom Buffalo and Pegula Sports and Entertainment have agreed to extend their long-standing broadcast partnership between WGR Sportsradio 550 and the Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres through the 2020-21 Seasons. The announcement extends a play-by-play relationship with one of the most passionate and loyal fan bases in pro sports.

Entercom Buffalo VP/GM Greg Ried called the deal a win/win for both organizations. “WGR is delighted to extend our partnership with Pegula Sports and Entertainment in carrying the Bills and Sabres play-by-play and additional programming. The Bills and Sabres are Western New York’s passion and an important element of this community. It is a privilege to work with Pegula Sports and Entertainment and their world-class team of professionals. They have both the success of our teams and the success of our community at heart.” With the new agreement Entercom will be expanding and adding positions in its WGR Sports Marketing Department.

“Entercom has been a tremendous radio partner to us and we are pleased to extend our relationship,” said PSE COO Russ Brandon, who serves as president of both the Bills and Sabres. “Continuing to unite Bills and Sabres radio properties on one network best serves the needs of our passionate fans, as we move forward as One Buffalo. We’re excited to continue working with WGR as we pursue the same goal of providing a one-stop shop for all sports radio coverage in Buffalo.”

The WGR Bills and Sabres radio networks are collectively heard on more than 20 radio stations across New York State, Northwestern Pennsylvania, and Southern Ontario. John Murphy, Mark Kelso, and Sal Cappacio will continue as the Bills Broadcast Team. Rick Jeanneret, Dan Dunleavy, and Rob Ray remain as the Sabres radio team.

In addition to being the official flagship station for the teams, WGR will continue to air Sabres Hockey Hotline on weekdays from 10:00 a.m. to noon, with hosts Andrew Peters and Craig Rivet. The Bills-themed John Murphy show, with Murphy and former Buffalo Bill, Donald Jones, can now be heard from noon to 3:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Both shows will also be simulcasted on MSG television.

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Andrew Fillipponi: Peter Burns Made ‘Innocuous Joke’ To Ben Watson

“So wait a minute? Because you believe in Jesus Christ you care about your wife more than other people? What are you talking about?”

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The on-air spat between SEC Network host Peter Burns and analyst Ben Watson continues to be bandied about in sports media circles, with 93.7 The Fan hosts Andrew Fillipponi and Chris Mueller discussing the topic Tuesday.

“I’m on Team Burns,” Fillipponi said.

“Forget who’s team you’re on,” Chris Mueller said. “I think you’ve do have to keep the wives and children out of this.”

“What are you talking about, keep the wives and out of it?!,” Fillipponi asked.

“Do we believe this is work or shoot here?,” Mueller wondered.

“Oh, I think this is real,” Fillpponi added, which Mueller agreed.

“Do you think a close fist from Ben Watson hit Peter Burns?,” Mueller asked.

“No, I think he picked him up by the lapels,” Fillipponi said.

When the subject of Watson’s religion was brought up, Fillipponi then pointed out the absurdity of the situation.

“So wait a minute? Because you believe in Jesus Christ you care about your wife more than other people? What are you talking about?”

“I think he might have a shorter fuse and not taking in humor that Peter Burns was giving out,” Mueller said.

“It was an innocuous joke!,” Fillipponi stated. “It wasn’t a joke! Why is it in bad taste?”

Mueller then added the idea of Watson’s wife texting Burns insinuates there’s an inappropriate relationship.

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Craig Carton: Booger McFarland’s Zach Wilson Analysis ‘An Embarrasment’

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ESPN NFL analyst Booger McFarland raised eyebrows on Monday Night Countdown this week by saying New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson has never been held accountable for his actions because he was a “young man who grew up with a lot of money”. WFAN afternoon host Craig Carton called out McFarland’s comments Tuesday as outlandish.

“It was an embarrasment,” Carton said. “Someone should ask Booger McFarland if his kids — who grew up with amazing wealth — have accountability in their lives or if having a little bit of money in your pocket immediately discounts the possibility to have accountability. He’s an idiot and we learned that last night.”

“It’s funny that Steve Young was on the other side of it,” Evan Roberts noted. “Because a long time ago, Steve Young criticized Chris Simms because he’s the son of a famous quarterback.”

“You don’t have to invent reasons for why Zach Wilson isn’t playing well,” added Carton. “Just watch his tape. He’s not playing well. Maybe he’s just not good!”

Carton later said NFL reporters “will try to make a name for themselves by putting out a story” about quarterbacks who take responsibility for their teams failures, while Wilson wouldn’t accept the blame.

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Greg Hill: Ben Watson, Peter Burns Drama Was A Bit

“Be careful when you’re talking about somebody’s wife and their kids. ‘Cause not everybody jokes the same way.”

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Peter Burns and Ben Watson shared an awkward exchange during the halftime show of an SEC Network football game over the weekend, and many are still debating whether Watson walking off the set was serious or not. Count part of the cast of The Greg Hill Show on WEEI as doubters.

“That was a a bit,” Courtney Cox said. “That was absolutely a bit.”

“Yeah, unlike the Chris Rock/Will Smith thing, I assume that was a bit,” Hill said. “I can’t believe that Ben Watson is really angry about that.”

“I dunno, man. There’s been a lot of speculation that it isn’t,” Jermaine Wiggins added. “There are people who are very sensitive about you clowning on them or joking with them. Especially with joking about their wife. Some people can’t handle jokes like that.”

After a back-and-forth with Cox about the legitimacy of the joke, Wiggins concluded by saying for some folks family is off limits.

“I’ve learned something in my 47 years on this Earth: be careful when you’re talking about somebody’s wife and their kids. ‘Cause not everybody jokes the same way.”

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